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"The program was a pivotal learning experience for me as a mother and as a person. It has helped me, and therefore my children, be more relaxed and happy. It is a wonderful blend of theoretical learning and everyday tactics ..."Laurie Warren
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Calm Mother, Happy Child Program
CALM MOTHER, HAPPY CHILD
It's the culmination of years of anticipation and shared dreams: now you're a mother. But perhaps parenting is not quite as you imagined. You find yourself so busy with caretaking that you've left no time for you. You're tired, cranky…and stressed. Perhaps you're even experiencing your own stress-related symptoms such as sleep problems, headache, or shortness of breath, to name a few. Or maybe your child requires special care - and an extraordinary effort on your part.

Calm Mother, Happy Child is an eight-week program that applies the Mind/Body Medical Institute's successful mind/body/spirit approach to the needs of mothers. We cover topics such as relaxation, positive thinking, exercise, and family relationships, and teach you practical, appropriate, easily-learned skills for managing stress and maximizing the joy of parenthood. In addition, you'll learn strategies for raising a calmer, more in-control child in today's distracting world.

Each weekly session includes experiential learning; tips and techniques expressly for your child's well-being; a discussion period; and a guided meditation.

For Mom:

Connect with your child more closely by living in the moment, otherwise known as "mindfulness"
Reduce stress with deep breathing, visual imagery, and other relaxation response techniques
Turn off the critical tape recording in your mind; record a new, realistic message
Boost energy with a healthy diet and the right exercise
Appreciate the benefits of nurturing yourself as well as baby
Express yourself with journal writing and other creative outlets

For Child:

Massage, breathing and other ways to nurture awareness and calm
Sleep hygiene tips to employ before problems arise
"Don't sweat the small stuff" when it comes to common health concerns
Discipline as instruction rather than punishment
Ways to instill hopefulness and self-confidence

Much more than a support group, Calm Mother, Happy Child is a therapeutic program that helps mothers acquire essential tools for achieving balance and navigating the challenges of parenting for a lifetime.

Calm Mother, Happy Child costs $295 for eight weeks, or $250 if you register for a friend.








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Calm Mother, Happy is directed by Patricia Arcari, PhD, RN

For registration information, contact Mimi Bowie at 617.991.0102 X232 or mbowie@mbmi.org

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